Story Rating: 4 stars
Audio Rating: 3.75 stars

Narrator: Shawn K. Jain
Length: 4 hours, 14 minutes

Audiobook Buy Links: Amazon/Audible | iBooks
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Toby is a gay man in his 20s whose wealthy, controlling parents are generally ashamed of him. He wanted to be a chef, and because they didn’t find that to be a worthy career, Toby had to pay for his training on his own. He took a job as a server at The Tap, a well-known LGBTQ tavern, and used his tips to pay his own way and buy his own car, an old VW Bug. Toby’s a little hyperactive, but in an excitable way. When good things happen, Toby’s right there with the joy and celebration–though his parents run him down and say he’s exhausting. Toby desperately wants a Daddy who’ll cuddle him and not get upset with his high energy ways, so he advertises for a “Patient Daddy” on The Tap’s message board, and impatiently awaits a suitable suitor.

Samuel is a bisexual empty-nester, now that his adult daughter has decided to live with her long-term boyfriend. He and his wife divorced about six years ago, since she needed a 24/7 Dom and Samuel was more a Daddy than a Dom. He cherishes the ability to take care of a partner, but he’s not really great at taking care of his own needs. His daughter, who is a close friend of Toby’s, arranges for Toby to give her dad cooking lessons, so Samuel can be more self-sufficient.

Toby is absolutely attracted to Samuel, who is a sexy bear of a man, and he’s hoping that he’ll find his patient daddy to keep his mind off lusting for his friend’s father. Well, it turns out that Samuel has a burning attraction for Toby, but also wants to help the young man find his confidence and a good pathway in life. Learning that Toby really wants a Daddy turns all of Samuel’s knobs toward “Pick Me,” and with good communication, they find a way to make it happen.

This is the second book in the Love on Tap: Fragile Hearts series and enjoyable as a standalone. This audiobook is well-paced and carries the developing romance with the right cadence. Toby’s POV parts are faster, to demonstrate his hyperactivity and exuberance, while Samuel’s POV chapters are all a touch slower and deeper pitched, to lend him the gravitas of age and maturity. It was easy to tell those voices from one another, as well as those of Toby’s friends, who always seem to appear as a group. The narrator, Shawn K. Jain, sometimes makes awkward pauses in the middle of sentences, which threw me off, but I still enjoyed the story. It could also be that those sentences are kind of long, but having only the audio to go by, I was struck by the hitches the narrator made.

The story features the rest of The Tap’s crew, who are revealed from the first book. There are plenty of helpful servers and besties to keep Samuel and Toby on track to their happily ever after. It’s a sweet and charming read, lighthearted and quick. I would definitely read on in the series.